By way of Wards Auto, Lexus has confirmed the LF-LC concept will be made into a production model:
“[The LF-LC] was (intended as) a concept car, and I think it surprised everybody, including us, when Japan said due to overwhelming response they decided to do it,” Brian Smith, Lexus’ vice president-marketing, tells WardsAuto at a recent media event here. “It’s a huge win.”
Smith declines to reveal details about the LF-LC, including when production will begin.
This echoes earlier statements from former Lexus International executive vice-president Kazuo Ohara:
The top-end coupe would be an all-new car, possibly built from a newly developed set of underpinnings. That means it would take around four years to make it to production, and would be extremely costly to establish.
“We probably have to do something new,” Ohara says of the platform of the potential new model. “It’s our job to be able to make it affordable, even if it’s expensive. I cannot disclose anything more at this moment.”
While any excitement should be tempered by the possibility of a four-year wait, the fact that the LF-LC is confirmed for production is still an exciting development.
(Big questions: How close to the concept will it be? What engine will it use? Will it be a hybrid?)
[Source: Wards Auto]